Prevention Science

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Prevention science is a framework for research focused on preventing and/or mitigating behavioral and health challenges and increasing resiliency. The prevention science work at FPG draws from a diverse range of disciplines—including the behavioral, social, psychological, and neuro sciences—to understand the origins of social problems at the individual, community, and societal levels. Prevention strategies focus on ways to intervene before a problem emerges or worsens, avoiding adverse outcomes and their costs, and enhancing conditions conducive to healthy child and adolescent development, good mental and physical health, and strong families and communities.

Featured Person

Diana Fishbein, PhD, is the director of translational neuro-prevention research at FPG. She is also the director of the FRONTIER program, which provides an infrastructure for collaborative studies at UNC on children and adolescents who have experienced significant adversities, such as maltreatment, poverty, racism, inequities, violence, and substandard housing conditions.

Featured Program

The Fostering Research On Neuro-Prevention Translation via Infrastructure, Education, and Relationships (FRONTIER) program seeks to facilitate collaborative research into the effects of significant adversity on the development of children and adolescents, as well as methods for improving outcomes. The overall mission of FRONTIER is to apply both a transdisciplinary and translational approach for cross-cutting research, practice and policy in neuro-prevention science.

Featured Person

Melissa Clepper-Faith, MD, MPH, is a pediatrician with public health training and experience working with diverse populations. Her work in the FRONTIER program as a translational research program and policy coordinator focuses on neuro-prevention, the translation of neuroscience knowledge into programs and policies that support healthy child development and mitigate the adverse effects of toxic stress and child maltreatment.

Current Projects

The Impact Center at FPG’s Implementation Capacity for Triple P (ICTP) projects are currently supporting the scale-up and expansion of Triple P System of Interventions in North Carolina. In the proposed project, the ICTP project team embedded in NC Triple P Support System will provide direct implementation support to ten NC Triple P regions to aid and support local, regional, and state partners’ scale-up of Triple P. The ICTP project team will collaborate with PCANC and Triple P America to align Triple P support system so that multifaceted, yet well-coordinated supports are available to statewide partners. Furthermore, ICTP teams will continue providing implementation science guidance to the NC Triple P Partnership for Strategy and Governance (PSG) and the Triple P NC Learning Collaborative (NCLC). Lastly, the ICTP project team plans to develop online implementation learning resources and/or communication products to facilitate greater application of implementation science and best practices for Triple P scale-up and continue to identify opportunities to enhance Triple P quality and outcome monitoring for improvement at community and state levels.
Through the OJJDP FY 2021 Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative, the Impact Center at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (subcontractor and partner) will support Westat as the prime applicant, along with other project partners, to advance state level juvenile justice systems toward the adoption and delivery of evidence-supported practices stemming from a full system review, recommended modifications, capacity building where needed (or desired), and enhanced performance of chosen reforms.
The Impact Center at FPG's Implementation Capacity for Triple P (ICTP) projects are currently supporting the scale-up and expansion of Triple P System of Interventions in North and South Carolina.